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News and Speeches Archive


Immediate and available emergency medical assistance during holiday break

28 December 2022

The Western Cape Department of Health is deeply appreciative of the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel and their contributions throughout the holiday break. Read More

188* babies born in Western Cape on Christmas day in public health facilities.

26 December 2022

We are happy to announce the birth of 188 babies* as reported by public health facilities throughout the Western Cape on Christmas Day 2022. The total number reported from 0:00 on 25 December 2022, comprises of 122 boys and 66 girls. Read More

We mourn the passing of a legendary artist: Madosini Latozi Mpahleni

25 December 2022

Minister Anroux Marais is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of the honorary Dr Madosini Latozi Mpahleni, a legendary isiXhosa musician, storyteller and artist.   Read More

Department of Social Development highlights

21 December 2022

In many ways, 2022 has been a year of recovery: recovery from the ravaging effects of the COVID-19 pandemic; from the devastating economic impact of the hard lockdowns. Read More

Western Cape schools are now full

21 December 2022

Earlier this week Premier Alan Winde joined for a site visit to Rosendaal High School in Delft, where we are constructing a new Junior High School campus as part of our unprecedented school infrastructure delivery programme, which aims to deliver... Read More

Over 700 housing opportunities lost due to vandalism and land invasions

21 December 2022

In the past 3 years, the Western Cape Department of Human Settlements has experienced more than 1600 invasions of land earmarked for human settlement development across the province. During this same period, more than 100 Breaking New Ground (BNG)... Read More

Overstrand and Swartland K-9 Units proving to be crime busters

20 December 2022

The Overstrand and Swartland K-9 Units are continuing to prove their worth as crime busters along both coastal areas.  Read More

Melkhoutfontein residents become homeowners before the festive season

20 December 2022

Today, the Provincial Minister of Infrastructure, Tertuis Simmers handed over keys to the homes of 50 beneficiaries of the Melkhoutfontein project in the Hessequa municipal area, close to Stillbaai, Western Cape. Read More

Long weekend keeps EMS first responders busy

19 December 2022

Being considerate is an essential part of sharing the road and ensuring the safety of all road users, but unfortunately over this long weekend too many road users did not demonstrate this courtesy. Paramedics respond to a staggering 47 incidents... Read More

Melkhoutfontein beneficiaries to spend their first Xmas in newly built houses

19 December 2022

On Monday, 19 December, the Provincial Minister of Infrastructure Tertuis Simmers will hand over the first batch of houses at the Melkhoutfontein Housing Project. Read More

Premier leads extended Cabinet ahead of severe weather amid ongoing power cuts

15 December 2022

Media release: Premier leads extended Cabinet meeting to further prepare for severe weather and load shedding-related risks. Read More

Premier calls on President to appoint fit-for-purpose Eskom leader

15 December 2022

Media release: Premier calls on President to appoint a fit-for-purpose Eskom leader. Read More

WC Government preparations for upcoming severe weather & festive season

15 December 2022

Joint media release: Western Cape Government preparations for upcoming inclement weather and start of the festive season. Read More

Let's keep one another safe this festive season

15 December 2022

Although many people are winding down over the next few weeks, the Department of Social Development’s offices will be open during the festive season. There will also be staff on standby at Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) to respond to emergency... Read More

Team Western Cape makes province proud

14 December 2022

Minister Anroux Marais wishes to congratulate Team Western Cape, who achieved a first place finish at the recently concluded National School Sport Championship Summer 2022. Read More

National agency SASSA once again failing citizens

14 December 2022

It is supposed to be a time of joy and happiness, yet for many SASSA grant beneficiaries it has become a nightmare. The suspension of ATM withdrawals for SASSA beneficiaries by Postbank is unacceptable, especially just before this important time of... Read More

EMS encourages personal responsibility before holiday mode takes hold

14 December 2022

As schools and some industries close for the year and many residents take a well-deserved December and January break, the Western Cape Department of Health’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) will continue to provide emergency medical and rescue... Read More

LEAP officers continue their presence in Manenberg

13 December 2022

Between 5 – 11 December 2022, Law Enforcement Advancement Plan (LEAP) officers had various operations in the Manenberg and surrounding areas. This led to the arrest of 33 suspects for a variety of crimes, while also confiscating 99 items. The... Read More

Private sector – we need you!

13 December 2022

The Western Cape Department of Social Development recognises the critical work done by our partners in the Victim Empowerment sector, which focuses on victims of Gender-Based Violence, with R 62 866 000 allocated to the sector this financial year. Read More

64 GBV cases struck off court roll within 3 months due to SAPS inefficiencies

12 December 2022

The second quarter report (July – September 2022) of the Western Cape Department of Community Safety’s (DOCS) Court Watching Briefs (CWB) shows that 208 cases monitored during this period, at 15 courts across the province, were struck off the court... Read More